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Kenya: FKF, Mozzart Bet partner in KES60m cup deal

Football Kenya Federation Tuesday  unveiled leading online gaming firm Mozzart Bet as its official FKF Cup partner in a three-year KES60 million deal.

Following the partnership, the knockout competition will now be renamed Mozzart Bet Cup. 

Speaking during the launch, Mozzart Bet Country Manager, Saša Krneta expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership while reiterating the gaming firm’s commitment to supporting local football.

We are thrilled to work with the Football Kenya Federation to promote football in Kenya and provide opportunities for young players to showcase their skills. Our sponsorship of the Mozzart Bet Cup will help to build a better future for the sport in the country, which aligns with our values and goals.”

FKF CEO Barry Otieno, on his part, expressed his gratitude to Mozzart Bet for coming on board.

“We are grateful for the belief Mozzart has shown in football, especially at this time, when football was without any commercial partners. This partnership marks the first step towards rebuilding the football brand, after the lifting of the FIFA suspension,” said FKF CEO Barry Otieno.

Up next is the Mozzart Bet Cup round of 32 action that will take center stage this weekend, starting March 4th – 5th 2023.

Kenya: Reprieve as CAF reinstates B License Course after lifting of FIFA suspension

A total of 25 Kenyan coaches will eventually complete their CAF B coaching badges after CAF reinstated their licensing.

This has broken a year-long wait after their course was disrupted by Kenya’s FIFA suspension as a result of government interference.

The group was the second cohort to participate in the first-ever CAF B coaching course in the country.

Their class was disrupted after Football Kenya Federation was disbanded by former sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

FIFA lifted the suspension on November 28, last year but even then it was not clear whether CAF would let the course resume.

“I am happy for these coaches. They have waited a long time to complete an important professional qualification that will open doors for them. I am also happy for Kenyan football because we have now upgraded 50 coaches to an elite level and this is crucial for us to develop tactically as a country,” FKF CEO Barry Otieno.

“In our plans, we should be at 100 CAF B coaches by now but that is the cost of interference, “ he added.

George Midenyo, a former Harambee Stars fullback, said the return of the course was a big relief.

“It feels good to be back. We depend on soccer, when football stops, income stops. It’s hard to be a human being in that situation.”

Former Starlets player and assistant coach Jacqueline Juma said faith got her through the period.

“Whatever God starts he finishes; I am so grateful that we get to complete our course. As a coach this is an important qualification for our professional journey, some of us have missed opportunities because we do not have this diploma. Now we have our chance.”

Abdinasser Kassim of Good Hope Soccer Academy echoed her sentiments.

“It has not been easy, some of us nearly gave up on football but we came together as a group and encouraged each other to persevere. Now we go on and change the face of football in our communities, and for me, that is Mombasa County. “

The cohort also includes Kariobangi Sharks Head Coach William Muluya, former player Stephen Ocholla, and Bidco Assistant Simon Wagema. Others are George Ouma of the M-Pesa Foundation Academy, Nasoro Mwakoba of Kenya Navy FC, and Pascal Ochieng of Posta Rangers.

This course is part of a series of capacity-building coaching courses that have delivered 5302 coaches at the introductory CAF D level and 420 coaches at the CAF C level.

“This diploma will open doors for me, even to jobs outside Kenya,” Midenyo added.

The course was delivered by FKF Education Officer Salim Ali and CAF Instructor Leonard Odipo.


Additional reporting by Football Kenya Federation 

FKF lines up mandatory PET for match officials ahead of new football season

The Football Kenya Federation has lined up mandatory Physical Endurance Tests (PET) for match officials drawn across the FKF leagues heading into the country’s new football season.

A three-day Physical Endurance Test (PET)training for 80 Elite FIFA, FKF PL referees and assistant referees, and 41 FKF PL match assessors and commissioners will be the first to kick off the exercise on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, and Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the MISC Kasarani Annex ahead of the 2022/23 FKF Premier league season kick-off.

FKF National Super League (FKF NSL) match officials will then follow suit between November 22, and November 24, 2022. Thereafter, FKF Division One League referees will have their day between November 28, and November 30, 2022.

This exercise is aimed at ascertaining the physical preparedness of the match officials ahead of the kickoff of the 2022/23 season.

The PET training will be spearheaded by Margaret Omondi, Stephen Oduor, Dorcas Moraa, Moses Osani, and Damaris Kimani and will close on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Courtesy | Football Kenya Federation